Tea tree oil is not only an amazing natural remedy for acne and other skin issues but it can also help with psoriasis. Here is all you need to know about using tea tree oil for psoriasis and why this is an excellent natural remedy for this chronic skin condition which can be so difficult to treat.
Common uses for tea tree oil
Despite the name, this is not a tea. It is native to Australia and the oil obtained from the leaves of the tea tree is what is commonly used for natural healing of various diseases and ailments.
Tea tree (melaleuca alternifolia) is usually found in swampy habitats in Australia. It is also commonly known as the “wonder from down under,” and crushing the tree leaves generates this oil.
This essential oil is a powerful antiseptic which contains many compounds that can prevent the growth of certain infection causing fungi and bacteria.
These powerful antiseptic properties contained in tea tree oil is the reason that many people can obtain relief from the following conditions using a few drops of this essential oil besides its popular use for acne.
- Yeast infections can be effectively treated with this oil because tea tree oil disrupts the activity of the fungus (candida) that causes these infections.
- Wounds can be treated with tea tree oil because this oil has been shown to kill the many microorganisms that lead to infections including the type of bacteria that may be resistant to antibiotics.
- Fungal toenail infections can also be eliminated with tea tree oil.
- Athlete’s foot can also be effectively treated with tea tree oil.
- Many other conditions that can be treated satisfactorily with tea tree oil include various other fungal or bacterial skin infections, dandruff, gingivitis, insect bites and stings, etc.
To use tea tree oil for psoriasis
Only use the best quality oil when using tea tree oil for psoriasis. This means that the oil should be cold pressed and organic and not include other ingredients.
Use tea tree oil for psoriasis in the following way;
- If you are struggling with scalp psoriasis, you can add 10 to 15 drops of tea tree essential oil to your shampoo.
- You can also make a hot oil treatment by adding a few drops of tea tree essential oil to a carrier oil such as coconut, neem, castor, emu, etc, all of which are fantastic oils for psoriasis treatment and leave on for at least an hour or overnight before shampooing out.
- For lesions on your body, add a few drops of tea tree oil to any body lotion or oil that you use to moisturize your skin.
- You can also apply a few undiluted drops of this essential oil directly to the lesions but stop use if this causes skin irritation and redness.
- Tea tree oil is also great for soothing itchy lesions so you can either mix it with a carrier oil and apply or use an undiluted drop or two of tea tree oil directly on these itchy lesions.
- Add a few drops to your bath, etc.
Safety precautions when using tea tree oil for psoriasis
Use tea tree oil externally only. Ingesting tea tree oil is extremely toxic and can be fatal. If you have sensitive skin, you may want to dilute the essential oil with a carrier oil such as skin friendly oils like castor oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil, neem oil, emu oil, sweet almond oil, apricot kernel oil, etc.
These are a few tips on how to use tea tree oil for psoriasis. Always select the best quality tea tree oil to use and give it time to work.
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